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The Quake Through Eyes of Slashdot Japan

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the gonna-get-worse-before-it-gets-better dept.

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I suspect most of you are not aware that Slashdot has an editorially independent counterpart in Japan. After the recent Quake and Tsunami, I asked my counterpart over there, Shuji Sado, if he would share with us something from Slashdot.jp. What follows is a collection of translated reader comments from your parallel selves in Japan. I want to wish all the Slashdot JP employees and readers the best of luck. Know that you have friends here. Hit the link below to read what it's like there right now.After the massive earthquake struck Sanriku-Oki on March 11, huge turmoil spread around centering eastern Japan. Right after the earthquake, damaged by the Tsunami hitting the Tohoku coastal area near the epicenter, it was so devastating that the true extent of the damage is yet not assessable (M8.4 earthquake erupted off the Sanriku Coast, Japan in turmoil). Phone calls were hard to reach, and e-mails were delayed, causing safety inquiries of relatives and friends in the area affected by the quake extremely difficult to get through. On the other hand, although Kanto region was struck hard, people are handling the situation calmly. Below are some of the comments sent to Slashdot Japan.

This is a report restricted to Kanto area. I was in the office in the heart of Tokyo, and probably because the building was old, I felt strong swaying horizontally. (It was not a vertical shake. ) It might be a bit misleading to call it “severe” but, I have never experienced being in a building moving sideways in such strong motions, despite that my office was in the lower level. After I evacuated to the park, there came another shake which sent cold shiver down my spine as I heard the surrounding buildings making strange squeaky noises and deforming into parallelogram shape. I went back home on foot. Privately owned stores and those selling non-daily necessities were closed. But fast-food restaurants and convenient stores were opened and seem as usual, except that there were more customers. Just about how crowded it gets during lunch time. We can call it a turmoil with everyone wondering how to get home faced by severe traffic congestion and paralyzed railroad system, but my personal view is that this earthquake is not that devastating, and Kanto area will be back to normal by Monday if there aren't any more earthquakes. To my surprise, everyone around me remained calm, probably being used to having earthquakes.#1916274

This is another report from metropolitan area in Tokyo. My observation and impression of the situation is exactly the same. Once the aftershock subsided, all the urban functions were back on operation except the railroad system, which made me think “Wow, that's just what Japan is about!” There were just few things that were not normal: the room was submerged by busted plumbing and the streets were overcrowded with people. (#1916333)

Right after stricken by the earthquake, infrastructures and transportation facilities stopped operating, and it became the biggest problem even in the non-victimized area. Most of the people working in Tokyo take about 30minutes to hour-and-a-half to commute to their offices from their residences not only in Tokyo but also in Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa using railroad transportation system. Although few of the railway lines got back to operation, many people were left with options to either spend the night in institutions such as schools and concert halls or walk back home which would take several hours.

With determination, I walked back home from Hachioji area to Nerima. On the way, I purchased a recycled bicycle at a bicycle shop. Now at 23:23, I'm home. It took me 5 hours. (#1916403)

Struck by the earthquake around 3pm while I was riding the Yokohama-line. Passengers were guided to walk to the close-by station and it was already 4:00pm. After that, we were left on our own to go wherever. I walked for 5 stations, and it took me 4 hours to get back to the office. (#1916480)

However on the next day of the earthquake disaster, most of the transportation facilities were operating and at present, most of the railway lines are running under special emergency timetable. Now, most attention goes to the power problem and the critical status of the nuclear power plants. By the devastating earthquake, some of the thermal and nuclear power plants in the Kanto and other eastern areas were shut down. The cooling system failed at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, and despite the attempts to cool down the reactor externally, the situation is yet not contained. Meanwhile (although it is still not at a level of casting imminent hazard upon the residents and the environments of the surrounding area), disperse of the radioactive substances was announced causing anxiety to grow among those mainly in the Kanto area (Fushikusha Diichi Nuclear Power Plant status, CRITICAL). As to the nuclear plant related issues, news papers and TV have provided inaccurate information to stir up confusion, but it was Dr.Hayano, a professor at Tokyo University and a researcher at CERN, whose accurate explanation on the situation provided through Twitter eased the anxiety of many people(@hayano). Shut down of the power plants attributes to the power shortage problem. The attempt to decrease the power consumption by dividing the region of coverage to cut down power alternately, which is called the “planned power outage”, was implemented for the fist time(TEPCO carried out rolling outage). There were confusions as the announcement was delayed to inform which of the region was to go out of power in what time. However, websites such as “”Operation Yashima ” (the power conservation strategy depicted in the popular Japan Anime “Next Generation of Evangelion”) spread out the idea of power conservation and helped to keep the rolling blackout to a minimum. Also, daily commodities and fuel shortage is a problem. Water, bread, and preserved foods were soon gone from the stores, and gasoline and kerosene are also under-supply. Devastating news drove panicked people to buy excessive amount of toilet paper, batteries, and flashlights which became a problem. Slashdot Japan has posted a story Why do people panic buy toilet paper? which received much attention.

On my way back home, I stopped by a drug store to buy daily necessities. But all the toilet paper which is usually stacked under the banner was totally gone. There are some twitters saying that it reminds them of the Showa oil shock, but as I didn't experience that on real time, I have no clue. If anyone knows why there are people who would go out and panic buy, please let me know undercover.

Yesterday 3/15, I was in Hokkaido (island located at the north end of Japan), and just before I was about to fly back to Tokyo, my sister gave me a hasty phone call to bring back diapers for her baby. She told me her baby was wearing her last diaper, and all the diapers were emptied from the shelves of all the retail stores she could go to. Luckily, Hokkaido was not affected by the earthquake, and daily commodities were still on shelves as usual. So I brought her back a huge stack of diapers, two loaves of bread, 4 packs of ramen-noodles, cookies, and batteries. These panics are expected to wane by this weekend. Contrary to these hysterical panics, some raise their voices to say “Especially at a time like this, we should live as we usually do”. Some intellects and celebrities were calling on to “those who were affected only slightly by the disaster” to “go out and continue to consume for the sake of reducing the impact on the economy”. But they were criticized for “lacking in prudence”, drawing much attention (In a crisis like this, is it indiscreet not to practice “self-regulation”?)

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Sadly, (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35517420)

Sadly, even the Japanese with their notoriously small penises are more hung than CmdrTaco. Hell a japanese newborn is like Mandingo in comparison.

The whole thing (2, Insightful)

DFurno2003 (739807) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517426)

Seems a lot closer to home when you read the words in this context

Re:The whole thing (1)

Bitcloud21 (1492275) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518134)

I agree. I'm not sure I would stay this calm in a large earthquake. I've never felt an earthquake before, at least not a large enough one to notice. I would hope that I could stay this calm and help the people close to me.

"but my personal view" (2, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517436)

We can call it a turmoil with everyone wondering how to get home faced by severe traffic congestion and paralyzed railroad system, but my personal view is that this earthquake is not that devastating, and Kanto area will be back to normal by Monday if there aren't any more earthquakes.

That was pretty close to my response from my armchair before we got news of the extent of the nuclear plant failures. I felt pretty low about it at the time, and although I came to terms with it and got to just feeling dumb already this made me feel even better. Hope springs eternal, I guess. Once again, the Japanese impress the rest of us with their patience.

Re:"but my personal view" (2)

decora (1710862) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517828)

that was also my personal view, before i saw the video of pool of garbage, on fire, devouring the countryside, wiping away houses like they were toys.

We appreciate your support! (5, Interesting)

Heian-794 (834234) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517444)

Hey, some of us live in Japan and are members of both Slashdots! (I admit, though, that I post on this one far more often than the Japanese one, which I mostly just read.)

Everyone here in Japan appreciates the outpouring of support that we're getting from the world.

If you can spare some money, donate it to the newly-homeless residents of Miyagi and Iwate. And if you're planning a visit to Japan in a year or so, when things have settled down, visit the afflicted areas and help them get back on their feet.

I myself was in Tokyo, far from the epicenter, and even all the way out here buildings shook, books tumbled from shelves, and appliances flew around the room. Still assessing the damage. The trains stopped and lots of people were stuck spending the night in their offices, or walking huge distances back home.

Right now it's best to leave assistance work to the professionals, but in a month or so I plan to go up north to help out, even if it's just assisting oldsters with putting the shelves back up and carrying things.

To everyone who's thinking of us out here, thank you again!

Re:We appreciate your support! (-1, Flamebait)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517550)

We're not thinking of "you", Tokyo foreigner. We're thinking of Japanese people. You know, the ones who were actually affected? The one type of news story we've had an abundance of, repeated above, is "well, good news, Tokyo where all the foreigners and other important people live is safe. Some towns called with rustic hick names got washed away and thousands killed but it wasn't us so no big loss...OMG a nuke plant might blow up and threaten Tokyo! Attention journalists, run away!"

Re:We appreciate your support! (2)

georgesdev (1987622) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517730)

why do you get all excited?
it's not Heian-794's fault if he was in Tokyo and did not get killed.
He can and does feel close to the people affected. Please respect that!

Re:We appreciate your support! (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517818)

We're not hearing from those most affected because they, uh, don't have power and internet connections right now! So at best we can communicate with those not directly affected. Yes, for the majority of residents of Japan the Earthquake was just an inconvenience. Those are not the people we are expressing sympathy for.

Re:We appreciate your support! (5, Insightful)

Heian-794 (834234) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517826)

You know what, DNS-and-BIND, I retract my recommendation to come over and help people in your case. Your attitude isn't needed here and wouldn't be appreciated by anyone.

We will continue to help each other through the situation, whether it's the minor annoyance of not having enough food in Tokyo thanks to panic buyers, not being able to get to work because trains aren't running, not having power, or the serious crisis of not having a home to go back to up in Miyagi and Iwate. Or even the annoyance of dealing with idiots who falsely accuse us of carnig more about Tokyo than the countryside. We will get through our problems, large and small. Keep calm and carry on!

Re:We appreciate your support! (0, Flamebait)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518062)

He's probably American. British people are rough and rude, Americans are generally just assholes. I want to move away from here.

Re:We appreciate your support! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518262)

Personally, I find that those named 'bluefoxlucid' to be amongst the most obnoxious, but who am I to judge.

Re:We appreciate your support! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518642)

I'm sorry but I feel its the people who generalise countries like this who are assholes.

Re:We appreciate your support! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35517878)

That's disgusting. The news is all over the death toll and the damage done to the towns and cities in Northeastern Japan. I recommend you stop being so racist and help people less fortunate than you, who still have an internet connection to make inflammatory statements on. Even Emperor Akihito said that this is a time to pull together, not become divisive.

  I donated money and I have all the hope in the world it goes to people whose homes and businesses were destroyed; I even asked my National Guard unit if they needed volunteers for the relief effort but the answer was "No". Skin color and nationality don't even enter into the equation, just whoever needs the help.

Re:We appreciate your support! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518392)

DNS-and-BIND, your lack of social skills is exceeded only by your douche-baggery.

Fortunately, this skill set is in great demand: Have you ever considered work as a Wikipedia editor?

Email us- You'd fit right in

Re:We appreciate your support! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35517670)

Ohhhhhhhh! Ching chong ling long ting tong! Ohhhhhhh!

Re:We appreciate your support! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35517842)

That was uncalled for. Now be nice and say solly.

Re:We appreciate your support! (1)

C_amiga_fan (1960858) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517876)

This caught my eye: "Most of the people working in Tokyo take about 30minutes to hour-and-a-half to commute"

Wow. I've driven as far as an hour (70 miles), but never 1.5 hours. That's three hours a day of unpaid time! Anyway, thanks for sharing the comments from japan.

Re:We appreciate your support! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518306)

Here's how I see it. If I make my commute, I get paid. If I don't make my commute, I don't get paid. Then it's hard to think of it as unpaid time.

Re:We appreciate your support! (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518046)

I want to move to Japan, so I am planning a trip in a year or so; but I intend to spend $1000 on the flight and $2000-$3000 USD on hotels, food, etc. Busy city center Tokyo is not my style, I am more of a soft country setting type; I meditate a lot and enjoy playing Go and studying Aikido, have considered Judo.

Tourism is a contribution, isn't it? Money inflow into the economy. I have time, but not money to give to charity... but if I'm spending time there, I wouldn't mind helping locals out that need some labor help, or just want to play Go with someone to pass the time; it'll give me time to learn more about the culture and improve my command of the language anyway, even helping someone get their garage back in order, which is of course much more valuable than the labor put into it.

Re:We appreciate your support! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518248)

I'm sure the Japanese people would love to have your weeaboo ass.

Re:We appreciate your support! (3, Insightful)

HuntingHades (2010088) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518094)

Are there organizations taking donations specifically for those now homeless residents that are known to be legit? The main organizations that get advertised for donations here in the US are the Red Cross and Save the Children, but I don't know where their particular efforts are focused.

Re:We appreciate your support! (2)

PeterKraus (1244558) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518694)

I know the Japanese Embassy in my home country (Slovakia) set up a donation fund. Have a look on the embassy page in your country, might give you some info.

Re:We appreciate your support! (1)

Reapman (740286) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518234)

Thank you for your comment, I'm glad to see a posting like this on Slashdot - I find this more informative then a lot of the news coming from the big media. I have only been to Japan a few times but I was very impressed with the people there and it's quite heart wrenching seeing all of you go through this.

I have done what little I can from here, but you brought up a good point about helping with the areas once everything calms down. I know your just one of many millions of people over there but if you so happen to hear of a way us foreigners may be able to help in a more direct way by helping with rebuilding or whatnot - I would very much like to hear of it (my email address is my slashdot username at that gmail place). I would have no problem flying down if I knew I was actually helping and not just getting in the way.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

Re:We appreciate your support! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518316)

Please pass to all our brothers and sisters on Japan that we will be with them until they are again sheltered and in a state of some form of normalcy. I sold my pride and joy Harley last weekend and the money is on it's way to help put roofs and food back into some of their lives. I wish I could do so much more, but forced medical retirement limits me to finacial aid or I would be there in a heart beat with my brother-in-law and sister (ALS/FEMA Paramedics from PAC Northwest) to physically help as well...God Speed!!!!

Re:We appreciate your support! (1)

DrXtreme (1210624) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518358)

Please pass to all our brothers and sisters on Japan that we will be with them until they are again sheltered and in a state of some form of normalcy. I sold my pride and joy Harley last weekend and the money is on it's way to help put roofs and food back into some of their lives. I wish I could do so much more, but forced medical retirement limits me to finacial aid or I would be there in a heart beat with my brother-in-law and sister (ALS/FEMA Paramedics from PAC Northwest) to physically help as well...God Speed!!!!

Sheesh what a dope - Forgot to login before posting...-10 karma for being sloppy...sorry guys...

Re:We appreciate your support! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518416)

Are there any charities specifically supporting the workers at the Fukuskima Daiichi and Daini reactor complexes? They're been alternatively shaken, flooded and blown up, have to dodge radiation dosages while still trying to monitor several reactors and storage pools, and almost certainly haven;t had the chance to check on the safety of their families.

Thoughts are with you (1)

Dan Dankleton (1898312) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517518)

I don't think there's a lot which can be meaningfully said, but my thoughts are with any /.ers who are affected by this.

Panic (5, Insightful)

Aquaseafoam (1271478) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517554)

The only ones who seem to be panicking are western media. I saw a comment from a Japanese man accusing BBC News of attempting to incite a panic.

Re:Panic (4, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517622)

And rightfully so. Here in Europe, people are buying masks and iodine pills. I don't know much about geography or wind currents, but no matter where I look there is a) half a planet between us and the plants that cooked off and b) at the very least either the Himalaya or two oceans and some land in between us and the disaster, no matter what direction the death cloud could take, it simply cannot reach us.

Do you think people would go so apeshit about something that happened half a world away if it wasn't for the panic hype of the media?

Re:Panic (3, Insightful)

MrQuacker (1938262) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517770)

The only thing they have to compare it to is Chernobyl, and that was a big deal for Europe. Also, "You're all gonna die!?" drives more traffic than "S'all good, Japs got it taken care of."

Re:Panic (5, Informative)

TheSeventh (824276) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518342)

I heard a report on the news about the differences between Japanese and American news reporting. It went something like this:

In America, the news likes to broadcast the worst possible outcomes, the worst-cast scenarios, and then be grateful when it doesn't happen.

In Japan, the news broadcasts what is actually happening, without any predictions or sensationalizing.

Re:Panic (2)

moonbender (547943) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518746)

The only thing they have to compare it to is Chernobyl, and that was a big deal for Europe. Also, "You're all gonna die!?" drives more traffic than "S'all good, Japs got it taken care of."

Except they don't.

Re:Panic (2)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517808)

There isn't much point to buying masks and iodine pills if you're not in Japan or known to be immediately downwind, and taking iodine doses without qualified medical advice to do so is a very bad idea, the news reports I saw said as much.

The radiation will be spread so thinly that there won't be any health effects in Europe.

Re:Panic (4, Insightful)

slim (1652) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517822)

I work for a multinational company. On our internal system, someone in Bangalore broadcast the news about the Japanese earthquake soon after it happened. The first response? An American saying "We're hearing about it on the news. I sure hope you're OK in India."

Maps are useful.

Re:Panic (1)

poity (465672) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518382)

I have a feeling that was said out of courtesy rather than ignorance.

Re:Panic (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518534)

To be fair, the earthquake was REALLY big. ;)

Re:Panic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518578)

I did send a message like that... But to someone I know who lives in an oceanfront house on the east side of Yoron Island . Turns out they had less Tsunami than hit the west coast of Vancouver Island (Canada).

Re:Panic (1)

Wiarumas (919682) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518696)

It is a bit of a stretch, but I bet they thought that waves would also hit India much like they hit Hawaii and California.

Re:Panic (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517968)

NBC Nightly News has run a segment with their chief medical correspondent two nights in a row telling concerned people on the west coast of the US to NOT bother buying iodine pills because there is no risk to them, and the pills do more harm than good unless you really need to take them.

Re:Panic (3, Insightful)

moonbender (547943) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518724)

Oh please. Maybe it's different where you live, but nobody around here -- Germany -- is "going apeshit" and there is zero panic. Unless you consider turning away from nuclear energy as a panicky reaction, but that's not what you were talking about. Maybe some people are buying masks and iodine pills, but I haven't heard any reports about that being a wide-scale phenomenon, and besides, having those around might not be the worst idea in the world if you're living in the vicinity of a nuclear power plant.

I think everybody knows that Europe will not be directly affected by the nuclear accident in Japan, despite its massive scale. (The indirect effects, mostly economical, are something else entirely.) And of course, the whole thing, the devastation after the earthquake/tsunami as well as Fukushima, is a huge, huge story in the media -- and it damn well should be.

Re:Panic (1)

xMrFishx (1956084) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517642)

I think this comic just about covers it: http://satwcomic.com/don-t-panic [satwcomic.com]

Re:Panic (1)

slim (1652) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517862)

Sure, the 10,000 (projected) dead; the orphaned kids; the entire towns swept away. "Thank you for your concern but it's OK"...

Tsk.

To be fair to the comic, I guess it was published before the full details were known. You don't have that excuse.

Re:Panic (0)

outsider007 (115534) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517954)

10,000 dead?! Are you counting people who might die in 20 years of cancer?

Re:Panic (1)

Aquaseafoam (1271478) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518050)

They're already, I believe at over 5,000 confirmed dead, with many more still considered missing. Certainly, it's horrible, but imagine if this had occurred off the coast of a third world country. On the subject of radiation, doesn't Japan (at least, certain sections of it.) already have a heightened occurrence of caner due to the Nuclear bombing during WWII? I doubt the minute amounts of radiation that have currently been observed will have any noticeable effect, especially with how quickly they evacuated the area.

Re:Panic (4, Insightful)

slim (1652) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518464)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/mar/17/japan-nuclear-crisis-tsunami-aftermath#block-28 [guardian.co.uk] - "The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami is expected to exceed 10,000"

Indeed, 220,000 died in Haiti -- smaller quake, less developed country. Things are still desperate over there, so after donating to Japan, maybe spare a little for Haiti.

Re:Panic (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518100)

Yes of course, these people might reach 60 or 70 and get cancer and die, instead of reaching 62 or 72 and dying a natural death a few years later..

Re:Panic (1)

slim (1652) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518684)

10,000 dead?! Are you counting people who might die in 20 years of cancer?

No, 10,000 killed on the day of the tsunami. Have they neglected to mention this on the news wherever you live?

OK, they've not done a full and accurate count yet, and many people are unaccounted for. But the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000. It's devastating.

Re:Panic (5, Interesting)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518166)

Hell, an interesting thing I've not heard covered was about the criminal element. If the same thing happened in North America, besides widespread panic we'd have tons of looting and rioting and everything basically run amok.

Yet in Japan it seems everyone is still calm, peaceful and there's still an orderly society, as if nothing really happened.

And I'm guessing it appears stores are still open to pick up necessities - here the shelves would be cleared of everything within the hour as everyone starts hoarding.

Is it really that orderly over there?

Re:Panic (3, Interesting)

WhiplashII (542766) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518618)

I don't know if it has changed in the few decades since I lived there, but back in the day the police just took care of the minor crimes - organized crime eliminated the perpetrators of the big stuff, like murder or looting. Bad for business!

And the first thing I see.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35517582)

Angry Birds story?

Fail.

The irony! (5, Funny)

DWMorse (1816016) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517596)

Top of Slashdot.org : Japan Earthquake Story
Top of Slashdot.jp : iPhone Angry Birds discussion.

I just found it amusing. =)

Re:The irony! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35517840)

Top of Slashdot.org : Japan Earthquake Story

Top of Slashdot.jp : iPhone Angry Birds discussion.

I just found it amusing. =)

maybe .jp have ether thing to worry about than updating the site. I dunno. Dead bodies, nuclear fallout, volcanoes erupting? But at least you're amused.... idiot.

Re:The irony! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35517940)

Top of Slashdot.org : Japan Earthquake Story

Top of Slashdot.jp : iPhone Angry Birds discussion.

I just found it amusing. =)

maybe .jp have ether thing to worry about than updating the site. I dunno. Dead bodies, nuclear fallout, volcanoes erupting? But at least you're amused.... idiot.

I found it funny too, don't be a dick.

Re:The irony! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518106)

maybe .jp have ether thing to worry about than updating the site.

It was posted today at 7 PM Japan time. So you can't say they're not updating the site.

Re:The irony! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518126)

How dare he! Nobody on the planet should be amused until the crisis is over. Please suspend all amusing activity until further notice!

Re:The irony! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518644)

Go look. Even if you can't speak the language, you can figure out the dates on the articles.

"hylom 20110317 1900 "

Oh, look, it was posted today...as was the article on Stallman saying cellular phones were the devil, an article on the effects of radiation on the human body, a link to a site by the education ministry showing radiation levels throughout the country, two conventions (anime and bsd) canceled due to earthquake...

Especially in a disaster, people need a laugh once in a while.

Re:The irony! (1)

Magada (741361) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518116)

Maybe it's because the truth of the actual situation is not conducive to a good night's sleep if you actually live in Japan.

In addition, there are tens of thousands reported missing, tens or hundreds of thousands of refugees in temporary shelter and the weather is cooling rapidly and bringing a chance of snow. Did I mention rolling blackouts, blocked roads and ongoing earthquakes?

Re:The irony! (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518484)

Because life goes on?

Updates to this really critical situation happen, but so do other things.

Hopefully, some people are taking comfort in handheld gaming when they're in situations they can do very little else too.

Talk about "shock & awe"... (2)

taiwanjohn (103839) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517710)

The magnitude of this thing defies description. A lot of us in the outside world look on with with admiration as the Japanese people pull together and "work the problem" in their particular way.

My Japanese is near non-existent, so apologies if this is out of place, but...

Ganbatte kudasai!

Re:Talk about "shock & awe"... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518004)

My mother was a Saint! Get out!

Re:Talk about "shock & awe"... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518514)

Good grief! Get down on your knees and blow me, spineless boy.

I support you Japan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35517712)

All I can do to help is make donations to charitable relief organizations, but I will continue doing so!

And like you, I don't understand why frightened people have to buy toilet paper. One roll should be enough to clean up their mess. ;-)

Animals knew it was coming (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35517736)

Has it occured to anyone that The disasters in Japan have been created by mother nature? Whales and Dolphin have been brutally slaughtered by the Japanese fishing industry and now they've had enough! Whales and dolphins have been found to hold great intelligence in scientific studies. No one knows how intelligent they actually are but it has been thought that they may be on Par with the human race. Its possible whales and dolphins have gotten to the point twhere they are tired of their companions being murdered in cold blood and have found a way to strike back. No one knows what exactly lies at the bottom of the pacific ocean, is it possible whales and dolphins have harvested Atlantean/Alien technology to utter destroy Japan with a quake/tsunami? I really believe we need to start looking closer into the connection of the slaughter of these beautiful intelligent animals and the disaster that struck Japan. hell hath no wrath like a womans scorn..and mother nature is the baddest B*tch you'll ever meet.

Re:Animals knew it was coming (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517864)

Wait... Glen Beck posts on slashdot now?!?

Re:Animals knew it was coming (1, Insightful)

Jorl17 (1716772) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517916)

Please, leave these idiotic beliefs out of this. Believe in it yourself, but don't use it as an excuse for something scientifically proven.

Re:Animals knew it was coming (0)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517930)

I really believe we need to start looking closer into the connection of the slaughter of these beautiful intelligent animals and the disaster that struck Japan.

I'll give you credit, it was a fun read!

Re:Animals knew it was coming (4, Funny)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518132)

Giant flashing sign at the bottom of the screen: "This is what PETAtologists actually believe"

Re:Animals knew it was coming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518584)

Yeah. They're trying to nuke the whales right now for that.

About 4 hours before the quake, I woke up because there was a bird singing very loudly on my balcony. In the middle of the winter, in the middle of night (Finland tz). The bird was so loud I couldn't sleep so I got up and went to have a look. It was surely the biggest little bird I've ever seen. And it's singing was so loud! I tried waving a flashlight at it, but it wouldn't leave, so eventually I had to open the balcony door to get it to leave. I'm guessing the bird might have gotten a bit angry for my interruption.

I'm not kidding!

Donations - does Japan need the money? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35517758)

I know this is a cold question to ask, but I keep thinking that this is Japan, not Haiti, which is still working to put itself back together a year after its earthquake (for example: http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/650833.html [businessweek.com] )

If donations are needed, I'll gladly chip in. I just hate the idea of making "feel-good" donations when there are equally pressing issues around the globe that may be in greater need of support.

Re:Donations - does Japan need the money? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518178)

Interesting point, also I imagine the donations to places like Haiti will have dropped off now this is heavily in the media.. Can anyone answer this?

Toilet paper supply fears (1)

bugs2squash (1132591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517768)

Pity this news is posted online and not in a print newspaper. The solution would be at hand.

Shuji Sado (1)

Lije Baley (88936) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517772)

CmdrTako?

Engrish (4, Funny)

spudnic (32107) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517774)

Man. There English sucks.

Re:Engrish (1)

Tigger's Pet (130655) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518022)

I know you were trying to be humorous with the title, but did you actually mean to say "Their English sucks" - coz your's does too.

Re:Engrish (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518170)

So does yours.

Re:Engrish (1)

tibit (1762298) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518208)

"yours", not "your's" -- tsk, tsk; and "actually" is redundant ;)

Re:Engrish (1)

Tigger's Pet (130655) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518260)

I was trying to be flippant, but never mind.

Re:Engrish (1)

spudnic (32107) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518414)

As was I. ;)

Re:Engrish (1)

dannycim (442761) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518326)

*yours. Glass houses and such.

Re:Engrish (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518506)

He was kidding, retadr.

Re:Engrish (0)

yurtinus (1590157) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518162)

Oh man... I need some mod points :P

Re:Engrish (1, Funny)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518566)

No! what he meant to say was they're English sucks. Jeez. Some people.

Re:Engrish (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518648)

So does yours.

Recursion alert! (5, Funny)

srussia (884021) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517782)

Let's hope slashdot.jp doesn't post a story on slashdot.org coverage. This could result in the dreaded mutual slashdotting. Worse than crossing the streams, worse the LHC blackhole, and yes, worse than the divide-by-zero error!

Re:Recursion alert! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35517934)

Worse than crossing the streams, worse the LHC blackhole, and yes, worse than the divide-by-zero error!

Aren't those three the same thing?

If it hapened in the US it would be complete chaos (5, Insightful)

tomt127 (2017608) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517792)

Hang in there Japan. Show the world the way people are supposed to deal with a crisis.

Re:If it hapened in the US it would be complete ch (1)

bigredradio (631970) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518654)

Here Here. (Sorry no mod points)

Re:If it hapened in the US it would be complete ch (1)

Wiarumas (919682) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518716)

Seriously. Washington DC gets 8 inches of snow and people panic like its the apocalypse.

A different experience.. (1)

molo (94384) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517898)

The comment from slashdot.jp are fairly positive, but reports from family there are not as rosy. Last night (US time) we talked to my wife's aunt who lives in Saitama, just north of Tokyo proper. They have electricity but no tap water. She has to walk to a local distribution site and carry water home. She reports that the grocery stores are empty and the stores are not getting the supplies they would normally get. This includes staples like rice, milk, and yes, toilet paper. They are unable to buy gasoline. Her daughter is bicycling 45 minutes each way to work when she would normally drive.

We also have family in Koriyama, just 60km west of the nuclear plant. They want to leave but are unable to get gasoline.

-molo

Re:A different experience.. (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518246)

This is not so bad, although there is a need for food. Water distribution is paramount and apparently there is enough clean, safe water, just not easy distribution, yes? Somebody definitely needs to air lift in some rice; it has enough energy density to keep you alive through this, and can be a primary staple mixed with some easily acquired Nori and dried fish... not great, but not bad. Those other things would come scarce, but eh, a little goes a long way and you will be thankful for the bits of flavor and color and the nutrients supplied by this.

In the US, our emergency services would likely collapse. We'd call in the Red Cross, who would constantly complain about shortages, but never figure out how to organize a system on the spot to effectively handle the crisis even with the shortages. They'd say, "Well we can not effectively help anyone!" or "We can only effectively help 60% of the population!" People would not bicycle; they would look for a ride to hitch with. Many would die, wondering why nobody came to rescue them, when they could survive with some measure of hard work on hand-outs from those generous enough to help in what little way they can.

Japan are a strong people. These things are an inconvenience, but they will pull through. It's in their nature.

Re:A different experience.. (2)

joh (27088) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518362)

Japan are a strong people. These things are an inconvenience, but they will pull through. It's in their nature.

It's not "nature". It's culture. Which is quite the opposite.

Re:A different experience.. (2)

treeves (963993) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518638)

It's an idiom. Saying something is "in someone's nature", that "nature" does not mean the same thing as the "nature" in "nature vs. nurture".

Re:A different experience.. (1)

molo (94384) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518508)

As for water supply, how much water do you think a 70 year old woman can carry? Not very much.

Yes, it is not terrible, but it is not very good. She at least says it is better than during/after WWII, that this doesn't even compare.

-molo

Re:A different experience.. (2)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518634)

Then someone should help her carry the water. She doesn't live on an island in a little box 30 miles away from anyone; she has neighbors, they can pool resources.

Also, I have pitched a 70 year old Japanese woman over face first against her own twisted arm. Don't think that because they're that old they're not in better shape than you; she rolled out of it easy, easier than I can and that was a pretty fucking aggressive attack. She also corrected my throwing technique; apparently I had left myself a little vulnerable at one point and could have had my arm locked awkwardly mid-throw...

Saik no negai - Best wishes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35517938)

Ganbatte, Nihonjin.

Do your best (good luck), people of Japan.

(Why is Japanese text not allowed?)

Meanwhile, in the english-speaking world... (1)

snarfies (115214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35517970)

The blog Colony Drop has been compiling quotes on the quake through the eyes of fans of Japan (and, more specificly, their cartoons), at their new website "Shit Otaku Say [tumblr.com] ," which is recommended reading.

Whether you interpret what you read there as sad or funny is up to you.

the 'quakes' as 'seen' from outside of us (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518038)

looks like everything, & everyone is 'shaking'. that's what appears to be happening. it also appears we are inseparable.

Kanto (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35518440)

This is a report restricted to Kanto area

All I need to know: were any Pokemon there injured?

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